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Policy Action Committee Hosting Webinar on Inclusionary Housing

Posted July 11, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22 a webinar hosted by the Policy Action Committee will take place from 2pm-3pm to unveil and highlight the most comprehensive documentation of inclusionary housing programs in the U.S. to take place to date.

In partnership with the National Community Land Trust Network, the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy has conducted the largest research study of inclusionary housing programs, which is being published as a working paper by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

The webinar will be led by presenters Robert Hickey and Lisa Sturevant and they will go through the study, along with trends in the policy and administration of inclusionary housing programs. Presenters will provide recommendations for policy development and program administration that ensures affordable units are preserved in perpetuity.

Register online today!

 



Webinar on Growing Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

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The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing findings from its forthcoming report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 17 from 2pm – 3pm.

No Safe Place provides an overview of criminalization measures in effect across the nation, and looks at trends in the criminalization of homelessness, based on an analysis of the laws in 187 cities.

The prevalence of these criminalization laws is rising, including dramatic increases in the number of citywide bans, which effectively make it illegal for homeless people to perform fundamental, life-sustaining human activities throughout entire cities.

Key conclusions and recommendations the report will address include:

  • Criminalization laws violate the civil and human rights of homeless people
  • Criminalization laws are ineffective and costly to taxpayers, and a growing body of research shows that they are both the most expensive and least effective option available
  • Communities and local governments should replace criminalization laws with constructive solutions to ending homelessness
  • The federal government should play a leadership role in combating the criminalization of homelessness

To register to attend the webinar, click here.

See also: Bennington Select Board Votes for New Prohibitions Aimed at Homeless

 



July Preservation Retreat: Historic Preservation & Community Development

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The Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Community Development Program is presenting a retreat on historic preservation and community development on July 28-29, 2014 at the Grand Isle Lake House in Grand Isle, Vermont.

This retreat is for any nonprofit, for profit, community-supported enterprise, or public facility taking on, or exploring, a building rehabilitation project or a project that strengthens their community.

It works best to have 2-4 people represent a project.  Attendees will be asked to present a 10-minute case study about their project that frames a situation or problem that once solved will move that project forward.

All retreats begin at 3:00 and end after lunch the following day.  The cost for overnight, dinner and breakfast is $75/person for a shared room or $95 for a single.

Space is limited to around 20 participants with a limited number of single rooms, so reservations should be made as early as possible.

The deadline to register is July 21.  Register online today!

For more information contact Ann Cousins at ann@ptvermont.org or (802) 343-8180.

 



Meeting on GA Housing Rules Changes on Tuesday, July 15 in Randolph

Posted July 10, 2014

Directly following next week’s Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness meeting there will be a special GA housing rules stakeholder meeting. The Department for Children & Families is preparing to amend the General Assistance temporary housing rules and would like feedback from the housing community on potential areas for change. Representatives of DCF’s General Assistance program will present an overview of some proposed areas of change to the rules.

VCEH’s monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 15 and start at 10am and the GA housing rules meeting will start following regular VCEH business at 11:30am. Both meetings will be held at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph (Google Map).

Read more about the meeting and VCEH’s agenda for the day here.

 



OEO’s Shining a Light on Poverty Series: Discussion on Building Financial Security for Your Clients

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In honor of 50 years of community action in Vermont, the Office of Economic Opportunity is hosting a series of one-hour discussions on poverty every month in 2014.  The seventh of these discussions will feature Kori Hattemer, Program Manager for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).

The focus of this month’s discussion will be on how to better build financial security for clients.  Kori Hattemer is one of the leads at CFED working on the national front to support integration of financial capability working into social services, including homeless and housing programs.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, July 31 at Noon.  Mark your calendars!  Check OEO’s website soon for how to participate online.

To learn more about this event, and about past discussions from the Shining a Light on Poverty Discussion series, click here.

 



Vermont Veteran Services SSVF Program Seeking Eligible Families

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The Vermont Veteran Services SSVF program works to help Vermont veteran households who are literally homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness gain or retain stable housing by providing supportive services.  The program  is managed at the University of Vermont and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our friends at Capstone Community Action (formerly CVCAC) passed on the following helpful info about the program at yesterday’s VAHC meeting:

Eligible families must have a head of household or spouse who is a U.S. active duty military veteran with any discharge type other than dishonorable, and very-low family income (less than 50% of the Area Median Income, or AMI). The SSVF program targets the poorest families (less than 30% AMI) and veterans of the recent Iraq and Afghanistan deployments as priority cases. Typically, a family must be literally homeless or be facing eviction within 14 days to qualify.

Veteran families are enrolled in the VVS SSVF program only after careful screening for eligibility.  After enrollment, SSVF provides supportive services to participants to help them obtain or retain stable housing. Intensive Case Management is the primary service provided throughout participation in the program. SSVF case managers assist the household to find or retain housing by working closely with them on housing placement, financial counseling, budgeting, employment, VA or state benefits, and linkage to services. In certain cases, case management may be augmented by temporary financial assistance with rent, rental deposits, utility deposits, and other eligible expenses related to secure housing. It should be noted that financial assistance, if available, is limited in amount and duration, and is not guaranteed for any program participant.

Landlords who rent to a household or individual enrolled in SSVF should observe their standard lease process.  Any lease you enter into will be with the veteran household, not with the SSVF program. Participants are solely responsible for adhering to all requirements in the lease, including rental payments. Landlords will be notified by an SSVF program representative in advance if the program will be paying any rental charges for a month. If financial assistance is approved, the landlord will receive a check directly from the University of Vermont on behalf of the VVS SSVF program. It is important to note that any financial assistance is a) limited in duration and amount; b) will never be for more than one month at a time; c) must be approved in advance.

The VVS SSVF program makes every reasonable effort to support its participants in becoming successfully, stably housed. However, potential landlords of SSVF clients must be aware that the ultimate responsibility for compliance with the lease lies solely with the tenant.

Read the full Program Description and Program Information for Landlords to learn more.

For more  information about the VVS SSVF program, call VVS SSVF at 802-656-3232, e-mail info@VermontVeteranServices.org, or visit www.vermontveteranservices.org.

 



Reminder: VAHC Meeting is Tomorrow in Montpelier

Posted July 8, 2014

The next Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, July 9, at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, 11 East State Street, Montpelier from 9:30am to 11:30pm.  Come early at 9am for coffee and networking!

On the agenda will be planning for the September annual meeting and joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. Bring your ideas for guest speakers and discussion topics. We’ll also be looking for nominees to sit on the Coalition’s Steering Committee.

Next up, Kate Ash from Senator Leahy’s Office will update us on recent developments affecting housing and homelessness at the federal level, while Erhard Mahnke will report on the New England Housing Network‘s June trip to DC and meetings with high level congressional staff and administration officials.

In a continuing effort to profile innovative programs by VAHC members, Pam Favreau of Vermont Tenants will provide an overview of CVOEO’s “Rent Right” program, which helps people with major challenges to securing and maintaining housing get rent ready.

Finally, Arthur Hamlin of the Department of Housing and Community Development will give us an overview of DHCD’s recently completed Mobile Home Park Risk Assessment Tool, as well as updates on other developments in the Mobile Home Park field.

The full agenda for the meeting can be read here.

For those unable to make the meeting in person, the call-in information is as follows:

Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000
Participant Access Code: 83587